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countable noun

Countable nouns (also known as count nouns) are nouns that can be considered as individual, separable items, which means that we are able to count them with numbers—we can have one, two, five, 15, 100, and so on. We can also use them with the indefinite articles a and an (which signify a single person or thing) or with the plural form of the noun.
Countable nouns contrast with uncountable nouns (also known as non-count or mass nouns), which cannot be separated and counted as individual units or elements. Uncountable nouns cannot take an indefinite article, nor can they be made plural.
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count noun

n.
A common noun, such as frog, bicycle, or concept, that can form a plural or occur with an indefinite article, with numerals, or with such terms as many. It is often contrasted with mass noun. See Usage Note at collective noun.
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count noun

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1. (Grammar) linguistics logic a noun that can be qualified by the indefinite article, and may be used in the plural, as telephone and thing but not airs and graces or bravery. Compare mass noun, sortal
2. (Logic) linguistics logic a noun that can be qualified by the indefinite article, and may be used in the plural, as telephone and thing but not airs and graces or bravery. Compare mass noun, sortal
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count′ noun`


n.
a noun, as apple, table, or birthday, that typically refers to a countable thing and that in English can be used in both the singular and the plural and can be preceded by the indefinite article a or an and by numerals. Compare mass noun.
[1950–55]
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Noun1.count noun - a noun that forms plurals
noun - a content word that can be used to refer to a person, place, thing, quality, or action
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Translations
nom dénombrable
telbaar substantieftelbaar zelfstandig naamwoord
substantivo contável
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So while "risk" can be used as a count noun, in this case it is used as a noncount noun.
* Use the word number for the quantity of a count noun, a quantity considered as several discrete items.
Three properties generally characterize the determinative category (D): (a) D cannot combine with the or a or with each other; (b) D can combine with a singular count noun to form a grammatical noun phrase (NP); (c) D can occur as a head in the partitive construction (i.e., HEAD + of + DEFINITE NP) (p.
The count noun referents of feminine pronouns in the Orkney material range from writin 'a document' to guinea, 'gun', ball 'bullet', silk (a specific silk garment), knife, table, coat, a piece of peat, a glass, egg, cubbie 'straw basket' and cap.
In a compound with a singular count noun as head, such as dog catcher, English requires a determiner to form a noun phrase.
Without access to the front matter of the larger NOAD, users may not realize that "in sing." signals a count noun that is not usually pluralized in a particular sense (an ear for music; the promise of peace) or that "submodifier" labels an adverb that modifies an adjective or another adverb (as shown at too but--oddly--not at very).
In Figure 11, Luke has guessed correctly the plural form of "city," as well as its syntatic subcategory (count noun) and semantics.
Each argues that a set of surprising syntactic data compels us to recognize names as a special variety of count noun. This data set, they say, reveals that names' interaction with the determiner system differs from that of common count nouns only with respect to the definite article "the." They conclude that this special distribution of names is best explained by the-predicativism, the view that posits the existence of the null-determiner "the" preceding bare singular names.
English requires that an article precede the singular count noun earthquake.
We can thus have (45a), a simple event noun, necessarily count; (45b), a count noun without an event reading; (45c), a mass noun without Div, but never (45d), a mass simple event noun, because Ev selects Div.
Linguistically, we distinguish between thing terms and stuff terms, where, roughly, "thing" is a count noun, and "stuff" is a mass noun.
Moreover, colloquially, at least, and given the appropriate circumstances, almost any count noun can be given an appropriate collective interpretation if quantified with less.